Anthony Jay, half of the comic genius writing team behind Yes, Minister, reflects on his fears that he and Jonathan Lynn would end up like Gilbert and Sullivan: Still putting on plays after they had lost their creative touch.
His article includes a passage that shows he has little to worry about:
Most misprints are simply irritating, but just occasionally they have a touch of inspiration. We had a printed hymn sheet for our school carol service which contained a visually startling image with the couplet â€˜As they offered gifts most rare / At that manager rude and bare.â€™ My own personal favourite, however, comes from a BBC transcript of a speech I once gave on Radio 4. I had quoted a line from Clough, â€˜Say not the struggle naught availeth,â€™ and it appeared as â€˜Up the struggle, naughty bailiff.â€™ It makes you wonder whether the naughty bailiff was in a relationship with the rude and bare manager.